My twist on a navy and white dress and a collar band tutorial
I like navy and white but sometimes they're too nautical or masculine... not this dress.
I used a semi-sheer navy cotton that I think was from Goodwill, but yards of it years ago, so I don't remember, and just some basic white cotton. Zipper up the back (cheating I know, but it was so much easier to use a fake front panel).
What do you think? If you're interested, here's a little mini tutorial on how to add the band on top of the bodice, creating the look of the Anthro dress (and this vintage pattern that I chose not to use this time)
- Tape the pieces together allowing for the seam allowances. Lay the top of the pattern against a long piece of paper.
- I'm choosing to make the top of the dress straight across instead of dipping in the center to make the sweetheart neckline:
- Sketch on the top of the bodice and mark the center front:
- Remove the pattern and sketch the collar, probably about 2" plus 1/2" seam allowance on each side. I gave mine a curve at the center front, although you could do a straighter shape.
- Cut the piece out (with paper scissors!) and use it as a pattern piece! Cut 1 of the fashion fabric, 1 of the lining. With these, you'll sew right sides together, press and turn, and insert as you would straps in between the fashion fabric and lining before you sew them together.
- You now have a pattern piece!